We found 18 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida MyBlue near Palmetto Bay, FL.

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Dr. Javier Perez Fernandez, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8600 Sw 92 Street; Suite 204-b
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Javier Perez-Fernandez is an intensivist and adult pulmonologist in South Miami, FL and Miami, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Perez-Fernandez include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Navarra School of Medicine. Dr. Perez-Fernandez completed his residency training at VA Caribbean Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Cancer, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Fabriccio Melanio Letellier, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8750 Sw 144 Street; Suite 208
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Fabriccio Letellier practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology in Palmetto Bay, FL and Miami, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Letellier include sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital. Dr. Letellier honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Ibero-American University (UNIBE) for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Letellier speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Mario Jose Mangas, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
9200 Sw 72nd Street; Building 4 Suite 100
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Mario Mangas is a Miami, FL physician who specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep disorders, emphysema, and immunization (preventive vaccines). Dr. Mangas is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine, he performed his residency at West Suburban Medical Center. His distinctions include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Mangas speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Immunization, Snoring, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Francisco Rodriguez-Moran, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
8900 North Kendall Drive; Critical Care Unit
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Juan Rodriguez-Moran practices adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rodriguez-Moran include sleep disorders, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. Dr. Rodriguez-Moran is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Rodriguez-Moran's education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Central America and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Steven Prager, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Pulmonology
9299 South West 152nd Street, Intensive Care Services; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Richard Prager specializes in adult critical care and pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and practices in Pinecrest, FL and Miami, FL. His areas of expertise include obesity, sleep disorders, and emphysema. Dr. Prager's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Obesity, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeremy Ira Tabak, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
8600 Sw 92 Street; Suite 204-b
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jeremy Tabak specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology and practices in South Miami, FL, Miami, FL, and Tavernier, FL. Dr. Tabak's areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Tabak has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Doctors Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Asthma, Emphysema, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Leonard Simon, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Primary Care, Adult Pulmonology
9299 South West 152nd Street, Intensive Care Services; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Leonard Simon specializes in adult critical care, primary care, and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders, asthma, and snoring. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Simon's education and training includes medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Simon's professional affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Raymond Latanae Parker, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8600 Sw 92 Street; Suite 204-b
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Raymond Parker's specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He practices in South Miami, FL, Miami, FL, and Tavernier, FL. Dr. Parker is especially interested in sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Antonio Emilio Blanco, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7775 Sw 87 Avenue; Suite 100
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Blanco practices general internal medicine. Dr. Blanco speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, emphysema, and migraine. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Blanco honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Incontinence, Migraine, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Thyroid Problems, Acne, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisardo Garcia Garcia Covarrubias, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
8950 N. Kendall Drive; Suite 607w
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Lisado Covarrubias' areas of specialization are general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of emphysema, heart surgery, and tumor. He is affiliated with Bethesda Health, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Covarrubias is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Heart Surgery, Tumor, Emphysema

Dr. Alfonso Jose Monge, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9045 Sw 87 Court
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Alfonso Monge is an internist in Miami, FL. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Monge include diabetes, depression, and arthritis. Dr. Monge is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Monge is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Monge trained at Georgetown University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Diabetes, Arthritis, Alzheimer's Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Carlos Jesus Piniella, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
9275 Sw 152 Street; Suite 210
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Piniella's area of specialization is allergy & immunology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Piniella's areas of expertise include immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Cabrini Medical Center. Dr. Piniella has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Piniella's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Skin Cancer, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Jose David Morgan, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
7190 Southwest; 87 Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Areas of expertise for Dr. Jose Morgan include obesity, thyroid problems, and anemia. Dr. Morgan is professionally affiliated with Kendall Regional Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Low Testosterone, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Preventive ... (Read more)

Dr. Felix Eduardo Guzman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12600 Sw 120 Street; Suite 105
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Felix Guzman's specialty is general internal medicine. After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Griffin Hospital. His areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and depression. Patient reviews placed Dr. Guzman at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Guzman is affiliated with Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Tzewan Wong, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10420 Sw 77 Avenue; Suite 100
Pinecrest, FL
 

Dr. Tzewan Wong is a general internist. His clinical interests include knee problems, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Wong's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Wong (or staff) speaks Spanish and Chinese. Dr. Wong is affiliated with Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Reza Azar, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Primary Care
8720 N Kendall Drive; Suite 214
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Reza Azar sees patients in Miami, FL and Homestead, FL. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and primary care. He speaks Persian. His areas of expertise include emphysema and heart problems. Dr. Azar's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital. He studied medicine at Iran University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Azar trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida for residency. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Heart Problems, Emphysema

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.
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